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Maize Cob Board

Organic Waiste for Construction and Furniture Design

39/2010

Natural materials are not only gaining in importance for the production of plastic, but agricultural waste products are also increasingly used to produce wooden composites. The so-called Maize Cob Board is a sandwich material which is still under development. Its middle layer is made of the core of corn cobs. The strength of these organic lightweight building boards will be comparable to that of chipboards, which makes them suitable for building furniture, interiors and doors. The weight advantage over conventional fiberboards is a good 50 percent. Aside from good thermal insulation properties, experts also expect the boards to be highly sound-absorbing. It will be possible to process the material by means of conventional woodworking techniques. The necessary waste products are cheap and available in large quantities.


 

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